Charles Scott Rogers, 58, passed away at home on Saturday, November 27, 2020 after a valiant 40-year fight with quadriplegia.
He was born in Savannah, Georgia on December 4, 1961 to Warren and Betty Rogers. In 1979, while a junior at Windsor Forest High School in Savannah, GA, he landed a speaking part in the TV movie ‘Orphan Train’ that was filmed in Savannah. He played the role of Bruce, one of the older orphans. At that time, he became a lifetime member of the Screen Actors guild with plans to audition for other acting roles in the future.
In 1980, five months after his high school graduation, he was in an automobile accident that left him wheelchair-bound for life. Prior to his accident, he was a stand-out athlete, excelling in golf, baseball and soccer. He was also a Life Scout in the Boy Scouts of America. His dreams of pursuing a career as an actor and professional golfer were cut short by his accident.
In 1992, he graduated with honors from Savannah Technical College with a two-year certificate degree in Drafting. For many years, he worked as an independent contractor, designing topographical land plats for several local engineers, often in partnership with his long-time friend, Michael Patillo, a local land surveyor.
He attended Armstrong Atlantic State University from 2001-2003 as a Secondary Education Major and was a Mathematics tutor at Armstrong Atlantic State University from 2001-2003 and at Savannah Technical College from 2003-2005.
On June 26, 2004, he married Gretchen Wilt at a ceremony in Virginia Beach, Virginia and the two resided in Savannah, Georgia. Along with Gretchen, he enjoyed boating, swimming, fishing and gardening.
He is survived by his wife, Gretchen Wilt-Rogers; his brother, Lynn Rogers of Manitowoc, WI; his sister, Barbara Foley (Michael) of Savannah, GA; his four nieces, Stephanie Wylkynsone (Tye); Mandy Bieda (Brian); Keelyn Kay (Jacob); Katrien Rogers; one nephew, Walter Walk (Linda); and many cousins, grand nieces and nephews, loving friends, as well as his beloved cat, Skitty Kitty.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Warren and Betty Rogers; his sister, Wendy Rogers; and his sister-in-law, Susan Rogers.
Plans for a memorial service and celebration of life are to be announced.
Gretchen, Barbara, and Lynn: We are holding you in our thoughts and prayers. We loved Scotty. As much as we will miss him, we know he's running free now. May the Good Lord bring you peace and comfort.
- Patillo Family, SAVANNAH, GA
I am so sorry. Scott was a wonderful friend.
- Rose Mary Woods, SAVANNAH, GA
Love and peace always.
- Karl Evans, Tokyo, Japan
Happy Heavenly Birthday to the best brother ever! Life on this planet will just not be the same without you.
- Barbara Foley, Savannah, GA
Scott will always be within our hearts and those of his family and friends that loved him. He will always be close in memory.
- Cat McGowan, Lakeland, FL
Scott, you are greatly missed! I’m thankful that I got to know you. My condolences to the family, and a reminder to them to keep talking to him. He will hear you.
- Arthur James Tourot, Orlando, Florida
I am so sorry!!! Never easy losing a loved one! Sending healing thoughts and prayers!
- Kathy, Neenah, WI
I am very sorry for your loss.
- Thomas Lauer Quesinberry, Solon, OH
Services under the direction of:
Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel
- A Celebration of Life Will Be held at a later date